We Are One

I initially wanted to write a blog post only about a project I’m involved in, called Restart The Art, but I just finished working on my new picture for the 52 Week Project and I felt like the picture works well with the idea of the project.

Restart The Art is an amazing idea by The Sameness Project that brings together UAE based artists and the workers that help build the city. It began on friday, where each artist was assigned a worker to collaborate with. I got to collaborate with Navdeep Singh, an amazing soul who told me stories about his mother, and about his dream of becoming a furniture designer.


All the workers were asked three questions:
1) What is your dream in life?
2) What is your greatest joy?
3) What is your greatest pain?

Then they were asked to create an artwork based on that. Navdeep created not one, but two artworks! One was a sketch of a bedroom, and he explained to me in detail how he’d make the bed, headboard, and bedside tables. He loves woodwork. His second artwork was a drawing of a broken heart. He told me a story about a girl he’s in love with, and how she broke his heart. It was an intense conversation, he wanted to cry and I was digging my nails into my palms just to hold back the tears. He said something like “when you go through your day constantly wondering if the one you love is thinking about you, if she even cares about you, it’s almost better not to be alive”. That broke my heart, and I said something like “never give up hope, you never know what could happen”. To that, he replied with “where there is life, there is hope”.
I don’t think I’ve ever had such a deep conversation with a stranger. The whole experience left me feeling humbled. I shared my joys and fears with Navdeep, and we ended our conversation with smiles despite the tears in our eyes. We’re all the same, we all have fears and dreams and joys. We are one.

Now I have two weeks to use Navdeep’s artwork and create something of my own, but it has to be a 50/50 collaboration. I already have an idea of how I’m going to proceed with it, and I can’t wait to start!
Once all the artworks are submitted, people would be able to vote online for the best artwork. Then all the artworks will be exhibited during Art Week in Dubai on one of the big white busses that carry the workers around the city.

So why do I feel like this works with my new picture?
Last week’s theme was I dreamed a dream. And it got me thinking about escaping, about how we all feel trapped sometimes, and one of my dreams is to get away. To walk away from all that is familiar and dive into the unknown, no matter how scary.

Hope Dwells In The Darkness (28/52)

This week’s theme is: book title.
Oh dear. I read a lot but my mind’s blank right now. Lemme know what your favorite books are! I could use some inspiration 🙂
Have a wonderful week everyone!


2014-2017 52 Week Project Events Thoughts

11 Comments Leave a comment

  1. omg that story he shared incredible. your image speaks volumes. especially connected to me this week with what i have been going through. i love diving into your work it is sooo incredibly meaningful and touching.
    hmm books titles….all the light we cannot see
    …the knife of never letting go
    ….the weight of blood
    …….how the light gets in
    ……….the shock of the fall

    i didnt read those i just love their titles. lol


    • Thank you so much Robin ❤ I love that you can connect to my work and I really do hope you start feeling better. Never forget that you are not alone. Hugs!

      I have the knife of never letting go in my to-read list! I love these titles, I'll definitely consider them 🙂 thank you!


  2. Hello Amani! How are you? Interesting project, the one in which you are involved. Cool! I also loved the image. It is awesome. The title of a book I suggested you, although I have not already read, but I find interesting, is the “Até que consigas voar” of an Portuguese author and translating to English means: until you succeed to fly. It’s about a person who sometimes feels lost, empty or deeply saddened, because of their fears. But in the end that person wins and shows us that we can to rediscover a path, even when we face the worst of our fears.


  3. Reblogged this on estephe13's Blog and commented:
    I enjoyed reading your blog about your connection with Navdeep. Very inspiring. The questions are such a great idea and probably help provoke thought and dialogue. I love the process you use to come up with your ideas.
    Love your blog.


  4. I enjoyed reading your blog about your connection with Navdeep. Very inspiring. The questions are such a great idea and probably help provoke thought and dialogue. I love the process you use to come up with your ideas.
    Love your blog.


  5. Amani, what an amazing project. It is such a special moment in life, when you just feel instantly connected to another person – even if (on the surface) he or she is a total stranger. Such moments show me that there is more to human connection than the eye (or our headdriven societies) can see 🙂
    To me it feels similar “talking” to you – even if we are strangers and only connect via the comment section on your blog – for now 😀
    I also love your new image, to me it feels moving in the literal as well as in the emotional sense. I took it as an inspiration to break free from my “what if I can´t”-fear, and so I entered your contest a few minutes ago… whooo, scary but exciting…

    Love and hugs! ❤

    P.S. As for book titles, there are so many wonderful books in the world… as you like Sylvia Plath "the bell jar" might be a good one, as the book itself is emotionally quite intense and I can imagine you would do a wonderful job translating some of the emotions, that the title is conveying (metaphorically), into a beautiful image! Another one of my favourites is "the unbearable lightness of being" by Milan Kundera, a very lofty title but also well interpretable…


    • Hi Thea!
      Wohoo! I’m so glad this inspired you to enter the contest 😀 I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
      Thank you so much! You’re right, moments like these really make you feel like we’re all the same, it doesn’t really matter where you’re from or what you do.

      Thank you for the suggestions! I started reading The Bell Jar a couple of years back but I never finished it. I do love Sylvia Plath, so I might just give it another shot ❤



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